Personal Essays

Personal Essays on Living with Adult ADHD -- in oneself or a loved one

This category features a wide range of first-person stories about living with Adult ADHD—in oneself or a loved one.

ADHD snake oil
Personal Essays

Truth Serum More Helpful Than ADHD Snake Oil

Here’s one example of ADHD Snake Oil—the idea that stimulant medication makes you a drone of the “normal” world. Historically, the term snake oil describes a worthless pseudo-medical remedy promoted as a cure for various

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Personal Essays

Bullying: How to Help Children with ADHD

Do anti-bullying programs truly work to protect children with ADHD, especially when they’re not at school? I’ve long had my doubts.  So, I did a little research. In the process, I discovered the rather contrarian

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Personal Essays

Does ADHD Create Vulnerability to High-Control Groups?

Are people with unrecognized ADHD potentially at higher risk for joining so-called “high-control” groups? This might include cults (including anti-psychiatry cults), extreme political movements, or even  certain types of fundamentalist religions or churches?  If so,

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man in suit with head in sand
ADHD Relationship Support

ADHD Denial Can Be Brain-Based

  Denial  of Adult ADHD symptoms hurts everyone. But we compound our hurt when we wrongly attribute this denial in our  loved ones to stubbornness or willfulness.  Sometimes, that is the case. Many times, however, “ADHD

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ADHD sense of smell
Personal Essays

Can ADHD Affect Your Sense of Smell?

Can ADHD affect sense of smell?  Maybe. But maybe not in the way that we might presume.  I first wondered about this observing the olfactory habits of my husband, aka “Dr. Goat.” One day, our

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Personal Essays

Happy Valentine’s Day to ADHD Roller Coaster Relationship Riders

It’s Valentine’s Day on the ADHD Relationships Roller Coaster. Are you celebrating—or crying? I used to dread the occasion. Now I look forward. How did this happen?

Let’s travel back in time. Back to the “bad old days,” before my husband and I started happily traipsing through the woods singing “I Got You, Babe” (see video at the end of this post).

Back when we were getting ferociously whipped around on the ADHD roller coaster—but had just discovered ADHD. By chance.

Back when we desperately needed better strategies—fast! The year was 1999, and almost no one was talking about Adult ADHD—much less  Adult ADHD relationships.

As for Valentine’s Day, we were lucky it wasn’t the Valentine’s Day Massacre.

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